Easy Recipes

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

Today I’m sharing a recipe for a yummy, healthy snack bar.

You won’t see many recipes here because I’m not big on cooking, but this recipe calls for no cooking at all. I came up with this recipe using ingredients I already had on hand. It’s been test driven on friends who were willing to try something made from a non-cooker, and happily they all thought it was delicious!

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

 

I’m showing you, in the above picture, the specific ingredients I used. You can make these bars using organic items and/or whatever brand you prefer. The protein powder, AfterBurn, can be bought on-line or at any Burn Bootcamp location. It’s my favor protein powder! And it makes amazing post work-out shakes too.

 

Add the dry ingredients first – the oats and protein powder, and mix it together. Next add in the rest of the ingredients.

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

Stir the mixture together until it’s blended and moist.

 

I put it in a food processor for a few quick pulses to really blend it all together, but not necessary you don’t have one. The processor made the ingredients really stick together without turning it into mush.  My food processor is small, so I did 1/3 of the mixture at a time.

 

Once blended together, spoon it into an 8 x 8 dish and gently patted it down. Next, place it in the fridge for 30 to an hour and ENJOY! (Store leftovers in the fridge.)

 

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

1 1/2 cups Oats

1 scoop of Protein Powder (I use AfterBurn protein powder)

1/4 cup Peanut Butter

1/8 – 1/4 cup Honey

1 Banana, mashed

1/3 cup Pistachios, shelled

1/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

1/3 cup Cranberries, dried

2 tsp Chia Seeds

 

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Dr. Oz’s 3 Day Detox Cleanse

This will be an odd post for House of 34, but I wanted to share something I did this week.

Dr. Oz's 3-Day Detox Cleanse One-SheetI did the Dr. Oz’s 3 Day Detox Cleanse.  His website says “Eliminate harmful toxins, restore your system, and reset your body with this detox cleanse from Dr. Oz.  All you need is 3 days, a blender and $16 a day!”

It cost a little over $16.00 a day, but I think it was because some of the ingredients I needed came in large jars.  Some grocery stores may stock smaller sizes.  And if you do it with a friend and shop together, some of the ingredient you could split.

After being sick for a week, eating poorly, and just feeling tired and blah, I wanted to give this a try.  It’s all natural foods.  No dairy, no meat, no bread.  Just fruits, green veggies and different fats, like avocado, almond butter and coconut oil.  Oh, and you are supposed to take a detox bath at the end of the day.  I can do that. 😀

So, here’s we go…

DAY ONE
Weighed myself in the morning and took a measurement of my waist.  Drank my morning green tea.  The morning smoothie was actually pretty good.  I was a little worried about the spinach in it, but it was barely noticeable.  So far so good.

Lunch smoothie.  Yuck.  All green veggies.  The apple and pineapple didn’t even make it better.  And this smoothie makes a lot!  Like two huge glasses.  I assumed you’re suppose to drink it all. I did the best I could.  It wasn’t gagging awful, just something you probably won’t miss after the detox is over.

The snack smoothie can be a repeat of any of the 3 smoothies.  Since I didn’t know what dinner tasted like yet, and lunch was out of the question, I had the breakfast smoothie again.

The dinner smoothie was really good.  My favorite of the three.

DAY 2
Woke up with a wicked headache.  Dr. Oz said the tea was supposed to help with coffee/caffeine withdraw, but it wasn’t working for me.  Ouch!  I lost 1 1/2 lbs when I weighed myself this morning.  Yea!  Repeated all the smoothies as yesterday.  This time, though, the lunch smoothie was better.  I don’t know if the cucumber had a better favor, or the fact that I used a different bunch of celery, I don’t know.  But I was able to drink it all today.

I just couldn’t bring myself to do the snack smoothie.  After 2 giant glasses of lunch, I wasn’t hungry.  I don’t know if that’s allowed, but it wasn’t happening.  Dinner was fine and I got to escape and take a bath.

DAY 3
Woke up and weighed myself.  Lost another 1 1/2 lb.  (Note: the purpose of the cleanse is to detox.  The side effect is weight loss.)  Still had a headache. Had tea.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner was the same.  Couldn’t do the snack again.  By the end of the day, my headache was gone and I was feeling pretty good.

DAY AFTER
I lost a total of 5 lbs and lost over an inch from my waist.  WooHoo!  Overall, I do feel better.  With the combination of hormones, medicines I take, and the crappy food I eat, I always have stomach issues.  My stomach feels great now.  So great in fact, I was afraid to eat today.  You’re suppose to ease back into food slowly though. Not really sure what that means.  I made a smoothie for breakfast and drank COFFEE, ate an apple with peanut butter for lunch, and had 1 slice of pizza at dinner.  But I don’t crave salt or even (GULP!) Nutella.  Didn’t even want a Coke with my pizza.

I wasn’t hungry on this cleanse.  If you sat down and had to chew all this food, it would be a lot.  You certainly won’t starve.  The worse part was lunch – for me anyways.  Maybe Dr. Oz could figure out a better lunch smoothie combination.  I’m not a huge fan of veggies.  How happy I would be to drink all my daily veggies in a couple of big gulps!  Dr. Oz, there’s a challenge for you.  Make drinking veggies yummy ‘cuz I don’t want to eat them. 😀